On April 21, University of Oregon senior Anne Mansfield was named as one of two recipients of the first Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is named for Eugene Police department officer and UO alumnus Chris Kilcullen, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Highway 126 last year. The Kilcullen family, with the help of friends, put a scholarship fund in place to annually award scholarships to two students who exemplify the traits of Kilcullen—passion for the community and for public service.
Mansfield and Kristen DeHaven, a Northwest Christian University junior, were chosen as the first two recipients out of a pool of seventy-five applicants. Mansfield, an anthropology major from Springfield, plans to use the $5,000 she was given to help pay for the UO Teach program, a one-year graduate licensure program that she plans to start next fall. After finishing the UO Teach program, she hopes to work at schools with high-risk students.
The award was funded through donations from individuals and businesses, including UO football team head coach Chip Kelly, who spoke at the event. Acting senior vice president and provost Lorraine Davis also represented the University of Oregon at the award ceremony.
Learn more about the Officer Chris Kilcullen Memorial Scholarship here.